This section is devoted to scholarly essays on illustration – including articles on individual illustrators, the history of illustration, and illustration collections and important movements in history.

New Collections Acquisition – Bascove: Literary Wonders

Norman Rockwell Museum was fortunate this year to acquire, by generous donation, a comprehensive and significant collection of more than 500 original artworks by master printmaker, illustrator, painter, and collagist, Bascove. Inspired by the written word throughout her life, she has been a preeminent designer of book jackets that have engaged readers with the writings

By | 2017-08-28T13:18:39+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

A Night at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Fred Seibert

Contributed by: Marisa Losciale
Fred Seibert is a name that may not be automatically recognized (although it should), but the companies Seibert has worked for and the projects he has approved are well-known by people of all ages, all over the world. The PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken and Adventure Time are a few of the many iconic cartoons green-lit by Seibert. On the evening of March 11, Seibert held an interview and Q&A at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts discussing his career and how he got to be such a success.

By | 2017-04-08T13:17:53+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Essays on Illustration, Student Research|0 Comments

Presidents, Politics, & the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast

Known as the “Journal of Civilization,” Harper’s Weekly was an American political magazine published in New York from 1857-1916. The magazine was hugely popular thanks to its extensive use of illustrations and its broad editorial content. By the end of 1861, Harper’s had a circulation of 120,000, and was one of the leading magazines of

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Essays on Illustration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fashion Illustration: The Evolution of Style

Fashion Illustration: The Evolution of Style By Jackie Zhu Fashion illustration has always engaged audiences, originally serving a promotional role for fashion magazines, clothing designers, and department stores which sold their wares. This style of illustration is usually exaggerated to express and elevate the elegance and glamour of luxury life, but not too far from

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 January 16th, 2015|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day  By Melissa Crowton  The modern picture book has come a long way. Not only has the medium and the format been explored, but the content has evolved to reflect the changing social consciousness. Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book, A Snowy Day came onto the scene at a time when

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 January 14th, 2015|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Plastic Harmony

“PLASTIC HARMONY” By Meltem Sahin The exposure to the explosions of colors shapes and words yet filled with immense negative space, ones’ mind overwhelm with “À Toute Épreuve”. Roughly meaning foolproof, “À Toute Épreuve” is an illustrated poem book, created through the exchange and collaboration of two life-long friends French poet Paul Eluard and Catalan

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Essays on Illustration, Student Research|0 Comments

Jessie Willcox Smith and the First Children’s Book Week Poster

By Ashley Yazdani In 1919, just after the First World War, a small group of Americans gathered to establish the first official Children’s Book Week, and to help communicate their cause they commissioned a poster from renowned illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith. This first poster, featuring a pair of children helping themselves to a bounty of

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Witches Night Out

Owen Smith (b. 1964) Halloween New Yorker, 2000 Cover illustration for The New Yorker (November 6, 2000)   Halloween, or All Hallows Eve,  is one of the times that harmful spirits are said to be active. In the U.S., we take that concept to mean that witches, among other spirits, are out that night seeing

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

The End

The illustrator Howard Pyle understood the essential elements of imagining the termination of a life or illustrating the passage of a lifetime. In the vignette seen below, he pictured an artist (himself really) seated under his umbrella painting the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga en plein air—in the open air. Standing behind the artist is the spirit of

By | 2016-11-14T10:19:04+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Norman Rockwell Museum



Norman Rockwell Museum is Open 7 days a week year-round

May – October and holidays:

open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (July/August 2015)
Rockwell’s Studio open May through October.

November – April: open daily:

Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings:

The Museum is Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day





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Adults: $18.00
Seniors (65+): $17.00
College students with ID: $10.00
Children/teens 6 — 18: $6.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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